“Traders and Travelers, Scholars, Soldiers, and Sailors:
Charting in War and Peace”
The Gennadius Library, a repository of an outstanding collection of maps on Greece, the Balkans and Turkey, participates in a project titled “Mapping Mediterranean Lands.” This project is part of the Digital Library for International Research, under the aegis of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
In a first phase the project has identified and indexed all maps available in the American Overseas Research Centers around the Mediterranean as well as those in other areas with related materials. The project aims to create a fully searchable web-based catalog of significant early and unique maps of the Mediterranean region accompanied by related information drawn from photo archives, manuscripts, engravings and plates from early printed books, as well as texts at eight American overseas research centers located in the Mediterranean region. A web-based exhibition introducing the project and its materials is already available online. The inventory is available upon request for use in the Gennadius Library.
The rich collection of the Gennadius Library spans a period from the late fifteenth to the twentieth centuries and contains manuscript as well as printed maps by noted cartographers and map publishers. Among many important maps may be noted the series of island maps in the Ionian and Aegean seas from a fifteenth century manuscript of Buondelmonti’s Liber Insularum, an early nineteenth century chart of the Aegean by Nicolas Kefalas (possibly the first printed Greek nautical chart), and numerous maps concerned with the political development of the Balkan states in the late nineteenth century.
More information on the map collection of the Gennadius Library and the Mediterranean Maps Project can be found under COLLECTIONS